Austin Homeowners Association Pledges to Help Cops Kill Guy on Uncut Grass
from the all-American dystopia department
It is one of the most horrible – and one of the most American stories – which I have never read. It encompasses a great number of uniquely American issues, ranging from police violence to the disturbing ability to natural and legal persons to reliably summon the police and cause the destruction of others.
It begins, like so many stories about police violence, with unnecessarily exonerating reports from journalists – in this case by Elisha Fieldstadt of NBC News.
An attempt by Austin, Texas officials to serve a search warrant and maintain the lawn resulted in gunfire, a standstill lasting several hours, a house fire and one deathpolice said on Wednesday.
You will immediately notice two things about this sentence. First, there is the phrase “providing lawn care” – the kind of service that would not normally generate local news headlines, let alone national news network coverage. .
The second thing you will notice is the phrase âresulted in gunshotsâ, as if the end result of those actions was the inevitable result of âlawn maintenanceâ. This, of course, is an absurd statement. It is also absurd to write that something has resulted in something when it comes to the police shooting someone because the point is that the police have shot and killed someone and that is what Who should be noted, rather than semi-obscure with wording that suggests the police were powerless to stop their own violence.
Nothing about it is improving. The word “warrant” implies that a serious crime was behind this deployment of Austin police officers. But it was only a “nuisance” search warrant, meaning the only crime committed was administrative – a violation of landlord-focused codes that are not considered true criminal offenses.
This is how the Austin PD describes this branch of his law enforcement efforts:
The Nuisance Control Unit is made up of a detective and a sergeant. The Nuisance Unit works “behind the scenes” with landowners and other city departments to first attempt to achieve voluntary compliance with properties that have been deemed a “nuisance.”
It’s a two-agent office. But this “harmful” owner has been confronted by an unknown number of police and code enforcement officers. And that was before things got out of hand, resulting in the arrival of the Austin PD SWAT team, mental health workers and a crisis negotiator.
Who knows what was going through the resident’s mind? And, I guess, who cares, now that he’s dead? Several hours were spent trying to get the resident out of his houseâ¦ to mow his lawn? Some time after officers left a warrant posted on the door and the âcode enforcement officersâ began mowing the resident’s lawn, the resident decided to start firing his gun from the doorstep. inside his house. To whom, that does not say.
The SWAT team intervened, along with his presumably less violent entourage, leading to a stalemate which was broken by the resident firing his gun again from inside his home. The cops sent a robot to take care of the resident and his gun. It was then that officers noticed that the house was on fire. This ultimately prompted the resident to leave his home, which he did via his garage while carrying guns. At this point, members of the SWAT team shot him.
This leads to another tragicomic report of the nowhere sight:
“At this moment, a SWAT officer shot and hit the resident who fell with a gunshot wound, ” [Austin Police Chief Joseph] said Chacon.
Officers took the man out of the house and treated him before he was taken to hospital, where he died. It is not known what caused his death.
Oh good? Is that the story? Presumably the man left the house with no bullet in him. He went to the hospital with at least one bullet in him. People who don’t have a bullet in them tend to stay alive. People with bullets in them have a greatly reduced chance of surviving. It seems pretty clear what caused his death. This paragraph shows alarming deference to the sources of these reports, all of whom appear to be law enforcement officials.
The final insult to the dead are the last two sentences of the article, one of which features Austin PD spokesperson Jose Mendez.
Their main goal on Wednesday was to to bring the man into conformity with the local owners association.
âThey tried to mow the lawn for him, and that’s the reaction they got,â Mendez said.
In other words, the HOA had him killed. A complaint about the length of the grass resulted in gunfire, a standoff and the death of an Austin resident. And it all ended with the police spokesperson accusing the deceased of being responsible for the chain of events that culminated in his murder by officers.
There is the cautious aspect of this incident: any code or law on the books will, at some point, have to be enforced. And this is how people end up being killed for lawn care, with the help of entities who wish they could be as powerful as the people they rely on for law enforcement: law enforcement associations. owners.
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